Lewis Capaldi

Issue 1542

Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi is a superstar. The 26-year-old was the first artist to sell out an arena before even releasing an album. That debut, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, became the best-selling album not only of 2019 but 2020 as well. It spent 87 weeks in the Top 10 of the UK album chart and is responsible for over 25 billion streams worldwide.

The ubiquitous hit Someone You Loved is the longest-running Top 10 single by a British act and has just become the most-streamed song in the UK ever.

As his intensely-anticipated follow-up is preparing for launch next year, Capaldi tells The Big Issue that despite the success, his in-built Scottish pessimism is hard to shake.

Capaldi took time out of his incredibly busy schedule to speak to The Big Issue for a rare, exclusive interview.

Emotional honesty mixed with a shot of humour has become Capaldi’s trademark. The video for Forget Me was a shot-by-shot remake of Wham!’s 1983 hit Club Tropicana. He may not have realised, but in speaking to The Big Issue ahead of Christmas, he’s echoing the late, great pop icon George Michael, who was a great friend to The Big Issue and supporter of charitable causes. A good example to follow.

“One hundred per cent,” Capaldi agreed. “You want to do something in some small way to pay it forward.”

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